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Detroit Red Wings 2015-16 Schedule
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Oct 11 at Buffalo Sabres  
Oct 14 vs New Jersey Devils  
Oct 16 at New York Islanders  
Oct 17 at New York Rangers  
Oct 21 vs Philadelphia Flyers  
Oct 23 at New Jersey Devils  
Oct 23 at Vancouver Canucks  
Oct 27 vs Columbus Blue Jackets  
Oct 29 vs Carolina Hurricanes  
Oct 31 at Washington Capitals  
Nov 2 at Florida Panthers  
Nov 5 vs Florida Panthers  
Nov 7 vs Ottawa Senators  
Nov 8 vs Montreal Canadiens  
Nov 10 vs Tampa Bay Lightning  
Nov 12 at Tampa Bay Lightning  
Nov 14 at Edmonton Oilers  
Nov 16 at Arizona Coyotes  
Nov 18 vs Vancouver Canucks  
Nov 21 vs Calgary Flames  
Nov 24 at Toronto Maple Leafs  
Nov 26 at Boston Bruins  
Nov 28 at Buffalo Sabres  
Nov 30 vs Tampa Bay Lightning  
Dec 1 vs Dallas Stars  
Dec 3 vs Nashville Predators  
Dec 6 vs Winnipeg Jets  
Dec 10 at Winnipeg Jets  
Dec 12 at St. Louis Blues  
Dec 14 at Nashville Predators  
Dec 15 vs Pittsburgh Penguins  
Dec 18 vs Washington Capitals  
Dec 20 at Pittsburgh Penguins  
Dec 21 at Philadelphia Flyers  
Dec 25 vs Toronto Maple Leafs  
Dec 27 vs Boston Bruins  
Dec 28 vs Buffalo Sabres  
Dec 31 at Columbus Blue Jackets  
Jan 2 vs Boston Bruins  
Jan 4 vs Buffalo Sabres  
Jan 6 at Toronto Maple Leafs  
Jan 8 vs Minnesota Wild  
Jan 9 vs St. Louis Blues  
Jan 12 vs Chicago Blackhawks  
Jan 14 at Los Angeles Kings  
Jan 18 at Minnesota Wild  
Jan 19 vs Dallas Stars  
Jan 24 vs ALL STAR GAME  
Jan 26 vs Colorado Avalanche  
Jan 28 at Calgary Flames  
Jan 30 at Anaheim Ducks  
Feb 1 at Edmonton Oilers  
Feb 5 vs Florida Panthers  
Feb 8 at Chicago Blackhawks  
Feb 10 at Ottawa Senators  
Feb 12 at Montreal Canadiens  
Feb 15 at Carolina Hurricanes  
Feb 16 vs New York Rangers  
Feb 18 at Columbus Blue Jackets  
Feb 20 vs San Jose Sharks  
Feb 21 vs Anaheim Ducks  
Feb 23 at Colorado Avalanche  
Feb 29 at San Jose Sharks  
Mar 2 vs Arizona Coyotes  
Mar 4 vs TRADE DEADLINE  
Mar 5 vs Los Angeles Kings  
Mar 7 at Tampa Bay Lightning  
Mar 9 at Boston Bruins  
Mar 10 at Buffalo Sabres  
Mar 13 vs New York Islanders  
Mar 15 vs New York Rangers  
Mar 17 vs New Jersey Devils  
Mar 20 at New York Islanders  
Mar 22 at Washington Capitals  
Mar 23 vs Philadelphia Flyers  
Mar 26 at Carolina Hurricanes  
Mar 27 at Pittsburgh Penguins  
Mar 29 at Florida Panthers  
Apr 1 vs Ottawa Senators  
Apr 3 vs Montreal Canadiens  
Apr 6 at Montreal Canadiens  
Apr 8 vs Florida Panthers  
Apr 10 at Ottawa Senators  
Apr 12 vs Toronto Maple Leafs  


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Entry: November 1st, 2015

 

            It’s been all offense for the team in the first month of the season. Not exactly what I had in mind when we acquired two new defenseman (Ellerby & Tindori) and signed Jonathan Bernier to a $6 million contract in the offseason. We’re winning a lot of 5-4 games which is simply unsustainable.

 

            The good news is that Datsyuk and Tarasenko are soaring out of the gate and we’re also getting very solid help from fourth liners Drew Miller and Stephen Weiss on the scoring end. I feel silly seeing how well Weiss is playing considering we were bending over backward trying to trade the guy all offseason. We’re putting all kinds of pressure consistently on opposing defenses and goaltenders but once again struggling to clear the puck from our own zone which creates more chances for the other team.

 

            Bernier isn’t helped by the inability to get it out of our zone but he’s also letting in a lot of soft goals. I don’t want to complain too much as the team ended the month 7-3 but that’s while allowing an even three goals per game and that number has got to get down.

 

            With a new coach and several new pieces in our defensive zone I’m willing to give the boys a pass for a while. Soon enough though this all offense, no defense style has got to change.



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Detroit Red Wings October 2015-16 Schedule
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Oct 11 at Buffalo Sabres Won, 5-2
Oct 14 vs New Jersey Devils Lost, 5-4
Oct 16 at New York Islanders Won, 8-2
Oct 17 at New York Rangers Lost, 5-4
Oct 21 vs Philadelphia Flyers Won, 4-3
Oct 23 at New Jersey Devils Lost, 5-4
Oct 23 at Vancouver Canucks Won, 4-3
Oct 27 vs Columbus Blue Jackets Won, 5-2
Oct 29 vs Carolina Hurricanes Won, 3-2
Oct 31 at Washington Capitals Lost, 4-1


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Detroit Red Wings Team Leaders - Updated: Nov 1, 2015
Goals G Assists A
1. P. Datsyuk 6 1. P. Datsuyk 8
2. V. Tarasenko 5 2. B. Smith 7
3. G. Nyquist 5 3. J. Abdelkader 6
4. S. Weiss 4 4. N. Kronwall 6
5. D. Miller 3 5. S. Weiss 5
Points P Plus/ Minus +/-
1. P. Datsyuk 14 1. V. Tarasenko 16
2. J. Abdelkader 9 2. P. Datsyuk 15
3. S. Weiss 9 3. J. Abdelkader 13
4. B. Smith 9 4. M. Frolik 9
5. V. Tarasenko 8 5. K. Quincey 8


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NHL League Leaders - Updated: Nov 1, 2015
GoalsGAssistsA
1. J. Hayes61. C. Ceci10
2. P. Datsyuk62. J. Huberdeau9
3. M. Green63. R. Johansen8
4. T. Fleischmann64. T. Plekanec8
5. P. Kane65. M. Rozsival8
PointsPPlus/ Minus+/-
1. P. Datsyuk141. V. Tarasenko16
2. A. Ovechkin122. P. Datsyuk15
3. C. Giroux123. J. Abdelkader13
4. P. Kane124. T. Plekanec11
5. J. Voracek115. M. Granlund10



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Detroit Red Wings November 2016-16 Schedule
DATEOPPONENTRESULT
Nov 2at Florida Panthers
Nov 5vs Florida Panthers
Nov 7vs Ottawa Senators
Nov 8vs Montreal Canadiens
Nov 10vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Nov 12at Tampa Bay Lightning
Nov 14at Edmonton Oilers
Nov 16at Arizona Coyotes
Nov 18vs Vancouver Canucks
Nov 21vs Calgary Flames
Nov 24at Toronto Maple Leafs
Nov 26at Boston Bruins
Nov 28at Buffalo Sabres
Nov 30vs Tampa Bay Lightning



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Entry: December 1st 2015

 

A 9-5 record over the month of November and the Red Wings remain in first place in the Atlantic Division by one point. Our newest rivals the Bruins are nipping at our heels and though the season is still young I can already tell that unless something drastic happens the road to the eastern conference title will go through either Detroit or Boston or both.

 

In the front office we’re working feverishly to determine our strategy ahead of the coming offseason. We’ve got approximately $12 million coming off the books which obviously is good to have that cap space but we already know we want to resign several players (if not all) and we also need to look to the future of the franchise. Meaning we need to sign some of our draft picks including Connor McDavid.

 

If that’s not enough, the team has just over $33 million coming off just the NHL roster during the 2016-17 offseason so we’re ultra-conscious of how we need to set the table in the coming months for when the roster suddenly gets flipped upside-down.

 

We don’t know at this time if Pavel, Henrik, or Johan are considering retirement after next season when all of their contracts are up but if so it will be a struggle to replace all that experience and all of that offense. That’s why we’re working our tails off now to make sure the roster is ready when we open the new arena on opening night in October of 2017.



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Detroit Red Wings November 2015-16 Schedule
DATEOPPONENTRESULT
Nov 2at Florida PanthersWon, 4-1
Nov 5vs Florida PanthersWon, 4-1
Nov 7vs Ottawa SenatorsWon, 7-4
Nov 8vs Montreal CanadiensLost, 5-2
Nov 10vs Tampa Bay LightningLost, 3-0
Nov 12at Tampa Bay LightningLost, 5-4
Nov 14at Edmonton OilersWon, 5-4
Nov 16at Arizona CoyotesLost, 2-1
Nov 18vs Vancouver CanucksWon, 4-1
Nov 21vs Calgary FlamesWon, 6-1
Nov 24at Toronto Maple LeafsWon, 5-4
Nov 26at Boston BruinsWon, 5-2
Nov 28at Buffalo SabresWon, 6-0
Nov 30vs Tampa Bay LightningLost, 4-3



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Red Wings Team Leaders - Updated: Dec 1, 2015
GoalsGAssistsA
1. P. Datsyuk121. B. Smith17
2. V. Tarasenko122. J. Abdelkader14
3. G. Nyquist113. N. Kronwall14
4. S. Weiss84. K. Ellerby13
5. J. Abdelkader65. P. Datsyuk13
PointsPPlus/ Minus+/-
1. P. Datsyuk251. J. Abdelkader+23
2. B. Smith212. P. Datsyuk+17
3. J. Abdelkader203. B. Smith+16
4. V. Tarasenko204. V. Taresenko+16
5. N. Kronwall175. N. Kronwall+14



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NHL League Leaders - Updated: Jan 1,
Goals G Assists A
1. A, Ovechkin 15 1. R. Johansen 20
2. P. Kane 14 2. S. Crosby 20
3. P. Datsyuk 12 3. Z. Parise 19
4. M. Moulston 12 4. T. Plekanec 18
5. V. Tarasenko 12 5. A. Galchenyuk 18
Points P Plus/ Minus +/-
1. Z. Parise 28 1. J.Abdelkader +23
2. S. Crosby 27 2. T. Plekanec +17
3. A. Ovechkin 27 3. J. Spurgeon +17
4. R. Johansen 26 4. P. Datsyuk +17
5. A. Galchenyuk 26 5. B. Smith +16


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Dec 1vs Dallas Stars
Dec 3vs Nashville Predators
Dec 6vs Winnipeg Jets
Dec 10at Winnipeg Jets
Dec 12at St. Louis Blues
Dec 14at Nashville Predators
Dec 15vs Pittsburgh Penguins
Dec 18vs Washington Capitals
Dec 20at Pittsburgh Penguins
Dec 21at Philadelphia Flyers
Dec 25vs Toronto Maple Leafs
Dec 27vs Boston Bruins
Dec 28vs Buffalo Sabres
Dec 31at Columbus Blue Jackets



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Entry: January 1st 2016

 

            In my position on the off season is that it’s never too early to start preparing and the next two are going to be absolutely crucial. I’m excited for how we’re were able to bring the current squad together with a nice mix of defensive size, speed and skill with the forwards, and a good combo of veterans and young guys.

            All that patting myself on the back for the 2015-16 squad is short lived as the 2017-18 team will likely look completely different. This coming offseason we have five UFAs and seven RFAs plus the likelihood that we’ll sign Connor McDavid and possibly Michael Dal Colle as well. So fairly hectic but doable right? The rub is that the following year (2018 off season) we’ll have 18 free agents!! We’ve only got nine players that are signed beyond the 2017-18 season.

 

            This happens, these are the challenges of being the general manager of a professional sports franchise and, frankly, I love it. But it does keep me up at night. And the above numbers are what make me believe that this coming off season is so crucial to set the table for 2018.

 

            We’re going to have to target guys like Justin Abdelkader, Joakim Andersson, and Xavier Oulett to set the table for the franchise over the long term. Of course I have confidence in the people I have around me in the front office and I believe in the end we’ll be able to lock down all, or at least, most of our targets. But there is always the outside chance that somehow none of them do & we’ll have to stock up on AHLers and the meager talent that actually does hit the open market. That’s what keeps me thinking at night.

 

            Fortunately right now the team is five points up on Montreal in the division and just four back on Carolina for the best record in the NHL. Unfortunately though we’ve just lost Brendan Smith for two months. Smith was having a very solid season, not quite the breakout performance we’d hoped for but he’s clearly established himself as the clear number two behind Niklas Kronwall on our blue line. Also he’s become a solid vocal leader in the locker room.

 

            We’ve brought up Xavier Oulett to fill in and get him some valuable NHL minutes which is a positive for him but we’ll be missing Smith for sure.



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Detroit Red Wings December 2015-16 Schedule
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Dec 1 vs Dallas Stars Won, 2-0
Dec 3 vs Nashville Predators Won, 3-2
Dec 6 vs Winnipeg Jets Won, 6-3
Dec 10 at Winnipeg Jets Won, 4-1
Dec 12 at St. Louis Blues Lost, 7-4
Dec 14 at Nashville Predators Lost, 4-3
Dec 15 vs Pittsburgh Penguins Won, 3-2
Dec 18 vs Washington Capitals Won, 4-3
Dec 20 at Pittsburgh Penguins Won, 4-3
Dec 21 at Philadelphia Flyers Lost, 3-2
Dec 25 vs Toronto Maple Leafs Won, 4-3
Dec 27 vs Boston Bruins Won, 5-4
Dec 28 vs Buffalo Sabres Lost, 5-4
Dec 31 at Columbus Blue Jackets Won, 7-1


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